I think the Co-op blog works OK for getting information out to the small group of people who would get pissed if they don’t get notice about a change, but I agree it could work better and reach more people if it were set up differently.
We would need to make a new blog for 43Things if we were going to advertise it on 43Things more broadly. Right now it is a compnay blog for robot co-op, not really about 43Things specifically. We need to have a place to talk about nonsense, vacation photos, and the other sites we run. That might just be confusing on a “product” blog advertised from the 43 Things homepage.
Personally, I think a 43Things blog, tied into the site, is a good idea, but I haven’t won over the other ‘bots. Lobby Kathy and Joe! They might listen to you.
On the blog we have now though, I’m not sure we lack participation on the blog, so much as civil and constructive participation. We are already at 40 comments on this latest post, but many of these could just as easily be about “buttongate”: “don’t change the site (idiots)” or “are you trying to kill the site by making it like facebook?”. Only a few have thought about how they’d address users who want to know who subscribes to them. We’ve had a couple commenters question the existence, source and significance of these customer requests all together. Its not really the sort of dialogue that makes me think “let’s have more of this” and especially not want to feature it on the homepage of 43Things. Certainly, if we had a blog promoted across 43 Things, it would be hard to say we’d have open comments given the threats, obscenities, slanders, etc that folks use when they don’t like a change (or the people making the site).
We’ll definitely discuss a 43Things specific blog when we are back in the office on Tuesday.